A Daddy directs his son, "Be careful on your bike ride."
The son responds, "I know."
Or a Daddy tells his son, "Put your backpack away."
And the son answers, "Yes, Sir."
Is the difference just manners?
More than manners, it is pride versus humility.
I know. Prideful. Aloof to snotty. Insolent to supercilious. And all the ugliness in between.
I know. Not good.
Yes, Sir. Humble. Courteous to submissive. Polite to self-effacing. And all the kindness in between.
Yes, Sir. Good.
I'll remind myself this difference the next time the Lord Jesus speaks to me & I say, "I know."
"I know, Jesus. You are God's son. You are the Creator. You are Savior. But, me, I go this. No need for any help from you. And, although your ideas are nice, I prefer to do this my way. I got it figured out. Really."
I'll remind myself to say, "Yes, Lord."
So much better.